A huge owl stands grandly with outstretched wings in the parking lot at Alfalfa’s. He first appeared in Boulder at the corner of 16th and Spruce in 1988 where he stood guard until moving to the country in 2006, retiring from public view. His reappearance a year and a half ago at this current location thrilled those of us who used to go by Spruce now and then just to see him. If you are one of his many fans, you will want to bid him farewell. After standing poised for flight all these months, he will leave again Thursday night with his creator, long time Boulder resident and artist Robert Bellows.
A consummate recycler, Bellows has created magnificent and sometimes whimsical sculptures from used farm implements for forty years. On Saturday at 11:00 A.M. he will unveil Owl’s successor sculpted over the past eleven months. Containing 1400 hours’ work and more than 5,000 pounds of steel, this beautiful, classy new addition to Boulder’s landscape is sure to become a favorite.